WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Donald Trump on Wednesday pardoned disgraced British media mogul Conrad Black, who served more than three years in prison in the US for fraud and obstruction of justice.
“In 2007, prosecutors alleged that Lord Black had committed several acts of mail fraud and obstruction. The Supreme Court of the United States, however, largely disagreed and overturned almost all charges in his case,” the White House said in a statement announcing the pardon.
The statement described Black -who wrote a book entitled “Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other” — as an “entrepreneur and scholar” who “has made tremendous contributions to business, as well as to political and historical thought.”
His legal battles began in 2004 when he was accused of siphoning off tens of millions of dollars from the sale of newspapers owned by his holding company.
Black, maintained his innocence and launched lawsuits in Canada to strike back at detractors he blames for destroying his once vast empire.